The gubernatorial aspiration of a former deputy governor of Ekiti state, Prof. Olusola Eleka, received a major boost as statutory delegates from Emure-Ekiti declared support for his aspiration.
The university don who was the candidate of PDP in the 2018 governorship election, has continued to receive supports from stakeholders of the party in Ekiti state ahead of 2022 governorship election despite losing the endorsement of former governor Ayodele Fayose, his former principal.
Few weeks ago, the former Ekiti state governor endorsed Hon Bisi Kolawole, the incumbent Chairman of PDP in the state as his preferred candidate for the 2022 governorship election. Since then, there have been series of permutations from other aspirants to up their games in preparation for the primaries that is expected to hold sometime next year.
Despite all overtures (and pressure) by the camp of the former Governor to force Professor Eleka to step down his ambition for Bisi Kolawole, delegates of the party seem to insist on backing the professor of building; the latest of such are statutory delegates from Emure-Ekiti.
At a meeting with Fayose today in Afao, the statutory delegates, numbering over 45, refused to bend to pleas and intimidation to rescind their decision on Eleka and switch to Kolawole.
A member of the delegation who wishes to remain anonymous, said that about 45 statutory delegates from Emure Ekiti declared their supports for Eleka without looking back.
The eye witness further said that the meeting with Fayose was aimed at getting them canvas for his anointed candidate as usual but they showed him stiff resistance, vowing to remain with Professor Kolapo Olusola Eleka.
“Yes, it was a funny moment when we declared their supports. Fayose told us that he was disappointed in us for not supporting his adopted candidate, but we know that we are doing the right thing for PDP and Ekiti state”, the delegate added.
“The funniest part of it is that Fayose refused to mobilize us back to our respective homes in annoyance. Is this what is expected of a leader?”, he continued.
Another source who was part of the meeting informed this medium that the former governor gave few people who chose to support Bisi Kolawole 3,000naira each, and told others to find their way back to Emure because he can’t fund his enemies transportation.